We sincerely can’t believe that our small business was honored again with a Best of Houzz Customer Service award in 2019. Customer Service awards are so incredibly important to us because we have chosen to make your experience with our store our main focus. Anytime we are recognized for keeping this focus, it only makes us more excited to keep on going for you! Since 1984, our customers have been amazing with their return business, referrals, and online reviews. We are of course very thankful as well for the community of builders and contractors that we partner with in the Quad Cities area. Thank you for helping our small business stand out in such a gigantic industry.
What is Houzz?
So what is Houzz? If you are online searching for ideas for your home, chances are you will stumble upon a link to Houzz pretty quickly and find out. Houzz is a website and app that is packed with content from 2.1 million home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals. It is the leading platform for home renovation and design and as of the time we post this blog, there are over 40 million monthly unique users on Houzz! Are you one of them? Houzz is free for you to join and it acts as a place to get current project inspiration, find local professionals, and organize your ideas. We are still pinching ourselves over receiving a service award in 2015 that it is truly taking us aback to realize this is our 5th year in a row to receive Best of Houzz in Customer Service.
How To Use Houzz Ideabooks
Curious how you can use this platform to help organize your remodel or new home project? Your first step is to sign up for a user Houzz profile of your own. This allows you to log into the app and keep your ideas organized as well as use the messaging system within the app to contact professionals like us privately with questions. TIP: they do send quite a few emails to users, so try and un-select any options available to avoid a full inbox of notifications Next you will want to create some ideabooks for you to sort and save your ideas into. Think of ideabooks as file folders within your Houzz profile to keep things organized. On the Village Home Stores profile, we use ideabooks to sort categories of product or areas of a design (i.e. kitchen hood ideas, flooring, tiled backsplashes, etc). Follow this link to see our ideabooks.
You can create many ideabooks, or choose to just build one to “save” your ideas to. Within the Houzz app you can even make notes to yourself about an idea you are saving. Another great feature is sharing these ideabooks with a spouse or your design professional to start a conversation about how you can take your idea and include it in your own project. Houzz has great features within sharing like adding text, sketching on images, arrows, and even stickers to the idea as you collaborate.
We have found this platform to be the best location for Village Home Stores to “house” our portfolio of work. While we don’t add every single project we work on to the platform, we try and update it at least a few times a month to give you a fresh idea of the work we are completing around the Quad Cities region. Village is so blessed to be located in Geneseo, IL because it means we can work in such a large surrounding area. You will see so many different cities represented in our projects. You can browse our projects on Houzz here at this link.
Great customer reviews remain our favorite part of our Houzz profile because it warms our hearts to hear from our happy customers. If you have written us a review online this year you are sharing this award with us! Your kind words help our store stand out online and give our potential new customers way to learn who we are and the work we do. We have also been awarded a few other badges on our profile. We have been recognized as being “knowledgeable and highly valued by the Houzz community” with a Houzz Influencer badge. Our customer reviews and quick response-time for Houzz messages have granted us a Houzz Recommended badge. We have also reached a milestone of having our own work saved over 25,000 time to ideabooks on the platform.
If you are curious about how you can use Houzz to collaborate on your upcoming project with our Kitchen and Bath design team just reach out to us! Our designers are excited to see what inspires you and how we can help make your own space amazing. You can find out more information about Village Home Stores here on our website and feel free to contact us to get the conversation started about your own project.
One of the best things about being in our industry is that every single project we work on is different from the next. Even when kitchen and bath trends are put into action, the applications are always different because no space is the same. Village Home Stores has the great privilege of placing our designs and products in new and existing homes in the extended Quad Cities Region and we love each project we complete. We normally don’t admit it when we have favorites… but this week’s featured remodel story in Bettendorf, Iowa is one of our favorites fromf the year for sure!
This Bettendorf, Iowa customer found Village Home Stores by catching our weekly television show that airs every Sunday at 9am on WQAD. On the Village Home Show we are able to showcase remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities area. So when this family was ready, they knew who to call. The original oak cabinetry layout really divided the kitchen from the dining and living spaces. There is a beautiful outside pool area just steps away from the kitchen in this home. With the peninsula in place, it was a long voyage to the kitchen sink from the pool.
We were so thrilled with the ideas they came to us with for a more open concept kitchen. When we say that the kitchen is the hub of the home, this household is a great example of that. With access to lofted living room and the backyard pool retreat, this new kitchen design needed to be functional and stylish. We began by removing the original kitchen… but kept one main element in place to help save some cost to the clients.
This kitchen has been given a whole new look but we kept the original tile floors! That’s right! Because the tile flooring was installed before the original kitchen cabinets went in, there was no void left when we tore out the kitchen peninsula. A new knee-wall was installed with power for island outlets. Take one more look at the original oak kitchen with the peninsula + table layout….
…and now the kitchen absorbs the dining space into one cohesive look. In fact, the kitchen and dining spaces are now joined into one concept by an incredible and versatile island design. The overall space has been brightened up significantly with lighter, airy material selections, added lighting, and the installation of mirror in some cabinetry.
A large kitchen island is the centerpiece to the new open concept. On the end near the backyard access, a custom table has been placed at dining height. We designed the dining table to be placed right next to the kitchen island. However, the table can be moved out if needed. A custom wood base was built for this design by our carpentry team and our painters painted it to compliment the kitchen cabinetry and trim.
A gorgeous wood top from our Craft-Art line was secured on top of the base. With the main kitchen cabinetry all in painted finishes, a woodgrain was a welcomed element. The Black Walnut plank-style wood top adds warmth and an upscale texture to the space. We think its is best complimented with the warm backslash tile glowing with our undercabinet lighting system.
Can’t find the right table to match your new kitchen from Village? Let us make one for you to ensure that it lines up with the overall design concept! Finding the right size and finish can be tricky. But rest assured, we can build just about anything you can dream up. This rich, smooth Black Walnut top was given a stylish and classic “Ogee” edge profile. The feel and sheen of these wood tops are truly heirloom quality. Learn more about these wood tops here in a previous post.
Even though this wood top is a showstopper, the Cambria Quartz in this kitchen is not to be ignored. Take a peek at this image below showing the remodel while it was still in progress. Notice that a piece of Cambria was installed on the cooktop wall for a dramatic look.
This statement wall creates a dramatic contrast of a marble look on the wall with a graphic black hood as an eye-catching continuation from the dark base cabinets. In fact, the Cambria Britannica Warm Quartz seems to almost cascade down behind the hood, flow up from the floor, over the kitchen island, and pour back down again on the other side.
Of course a glassy, gloss finish in a bright space always adds a great upscale detail. This Cambria design includes warm gray veining and is a classic compliment to the dark appliances and painted base cabinetry. A new approach to a two tone kitchen, dark painted bases with a bright and airy upper cabinet in a separate finish. Many times this trend is installed with open or floating shelves for the upper cabinetry. But in this design, we wanted to provide as much usable storage as possible.
The use of mirrors in some of the wall cabinetry does add a lighter weight to the look of the upper cabinets. The “X” design in the cabinet door is an updated and more Transitional style detail. We love the way mirrors help to brighten up a room (plus conceal the cabinet interior).
Quartz in a marble look is a great choice for a busy kitchen and large island work surface like this. Cambria Quartz in the Brittanicca Warm design offers a classic look of a marble with a maintenance-free advantage. The island countertop has a standard “Eased” edge applied to it to maintain a cleaner installation and look with the waterfalling edge.
Curious about waterfall edges? Stop by our showroom in Downtown Geneseo and see our front desk area that showcases this look. Village Home Stores offers many departments all under one roof to make the entire selection process easier on you and your designer. We encourage you to come with any ideas you have collected during your research phase but also take a look around and inside all of our cabinetry displays. We offer so many specialty cabinets and can show them to you. Our Dura Supreme line of cabinetry is loaded with so many great options! This kitchen of includes great sliding shelf storage but also a mixer lift cabinet right in the island.
See more of this entire kitchen in detail over on our Best of Houzz-winning Portfolio. See the full album of images here. We also installed a spice pullout, lazy susan, and an auto-open waste basket! Press play below to watch the waste basket cabinet open with just a nudge.
Matte Black is one of our favorite home trends and this kitchen rocks the trend so well! The soft, rich look of Dura Supreme’s painted “Graphite” finish on the base cabinetry pairs so well with KitchenAid’s Black Stainless Steel finish appliances. Black Stainless is not just for super contemporary spaces. This Transitionally-styled space is proof of that. Plus it is fingerprint resistant!
KitchenAid was the first in their industry to launch a Black Stainless Steel finish and the look is sophisticated. But a KitchenAid kitchen is at it’s best when in use! A counter-depth French Door refrigerator includes incredible fresh and frozen food storage. A 30″ Combination Wall Oven and Microwave has so many features and a large capacity when needed. Another great appliance detail in this kitchen is the undercounter 15″ Ice Maker. What an absolute dream for anyone who entertains! Of course when you have a pool… people tend to show up.
This 15″ automatic ice maker produces ice that is perfect for every occasion. It opens to reveal a storage bin that can hold up to 25 pounds of ice. Next to the Ice Maker we installed a beverage cooler with a custom panel to match the cabinetry. This kept the beverage area of the new kitchen looking symmetrical. Panel-ready appliances can be a wonderful custom option. We offer them in many refrigerator and dishwasher options. We kept the original tile floors in the kitchen but a new tile backsplash was installed.
3″ x 12″ textured tiles in “New Yorker” series and “Taupe” color. We love how they almost have the appearance of being underwater with their texture and reflection. Our stylish adorne series of switches and outlets from legrand looks great on the tile in a contrasting color and matte finish.
The square design of this series looks great and is very versitile with options. Since sart home tech is at the top of every homeowner and homebuyer’s wishlist we should also mention this kitchen lighting system takes voice commands! Using the legrand app and connected to an amazon Alexa, we had a lot of fun testing out this new product. Press play below to watch a Facebook live video we taped at this completed jobsite to see how easy it is to use voice commands with this adorne system.
Smart home tech has reached the kitchen industry in a big way over the last few years and this year even more products are set to launch to make your life easier and more enjoyable. This homeowner was able to connect many of the lighting switches in the home and now can even switch lights off and on when they are away from home using the app.
We have completed many new spaces using the adorne series from legrand. These outlet covers are a perfect match to the painted Graphite cabinetry in this kitchen. They match so well that our “hidden” pop-up outlet in the island is totally camouflaged when it isn’t in use.
A hands-free waste basket cabinet, voice-controlled lighting, and even a wave-controlled kitchen faucet! There is just so much from this kitchen remodel story it is almost impossible to showcase it all here on the blog. We hope to film an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show to show you more of these great features in action.
These clients used the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores for their project. We can provide you with an expert design and material selection for your project and you can take it from there. But for those who need us to manage the project from start to finish, the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores is available. We are constantly changing and adapting this process to give our customers the very best experience for their investment with us. Our goal is to get your project completed on time, on budget, and to the level of quality we would expect in our own homes. Press play below to watch a 360 view of this kitchen remodel from start to finish.
Ready to start your own before and after story? We are ready to be a part of it! Your first step is to reach out to our team. You can do that by calling us at (309) 944-1344 or completing this short online form on our website. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen looks like and how we can make it happen. Don’t forget that we offer many payment options including financing programs available for those who qualify. Learn more about our payment options here. Thank you so much for checking out this blog tour. We hope you will keep an eye here for more great spaces featured from right here in the Quad Cities area.
Congratulations to Kerkhoff Homes for winning one of the awards (2018 Best Home in the $639,000-$665,000 price range category) during the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Fall Parade of Homes! We were thrilled to have our design and products throughout TWO of the Kerkhoff homes this parade season so we wanted to feature one this week on the blog. The kitchen in this home is stunning. An open layout, a custom range hood, and so many great finish selections. Take a look!
Great Room kitchen layouts should always be open and inviting. By selecting the right surfaces and materials, you also can make a space feel spacious and airy like this kitchen. The kitchen layout in this Bettendorf home is an L-shape perimeter with a large single level island. The cabinetry is the Prairie door in a painted “Ivory” finish from our Koch Classic line.
The kitchen island has an overhang extending off the back for added counter-height seating. There is also a casual dining space adjacent to the kitchen. The star of this kitchen is most certainly the custom hood we created with this builder. A wood hood was built to match the cabinetry of the kitchen perimeter with a Broan blower insert housed within it.
But we didn’t just build a custom wood hood… we took it one step further. A local artist added a faux metallic finish to the lower lip and top rail of the hood giving the illusion of an old metal hood. Even seeing the paint detail up close you will be fooled into thinking it is the real deal!
Below the feature hood is a gas range ready to be put to any task! This front-control gas range has five burners on top and convection features in the oven. Flawless cooking results thanks to Even-Heat™ True Convection; the unique bow-tie design and convection fan in the back of the unit ensure the inside of the entire oven is heated to, and stays at, the perfect temperature. This range also features a Steam Rack that offers the ability to add additional moisture to the inside of the oven, enhancing cooking results.
The French Door refrigerator is the focal point of the other wall of the kitchen. 20 cubic foot of storage capacity and a counter-depth design make it functional in many ways. The ExtendFresh™ Temperature Management System and Produce Preserver help keep food fresh. LED lighting throughout the refrigerator makes food easy to find on every level.
“But there is no water and ice in the fridge” you say? Yes there is! The filtered water dispenser is hidden on the interior of the counterdepth model and an icemaker is in the lower freezer. The kitchen itself includes plenty of storage space within the kitchen cabinets, plus there is a walk-in pantry on the range wall. Cabinet storage and fresh food storage are the main tasks for this section of the kitchen L-shape. As well as a lengthy section of countertop surface for food prep, service, and loading and unloading the refrigerator.
A Sharp microwave drawer is also found on this wall of the kitchen. Kitchen microwave drawers are past the “occasional” spotting and have entered into the “expected” category in our area. They are a great look AND functional solution to the microwave needs in busy kitchens.
Any busy kitchen will need a high-performance dishwasher and this KitchenAid one is ready to be put to work! This one is quiet at just 46 d.b.a (normal conversation levels are around 50), and the ProWash cycle is ready for even the toughest loads. Shop our entire catalog of appliances here on our website. The dishwasher is located on the end of the kitchen island next to the kitchen sink.
The kitchen island is also from our Koch Classic line of cabinetry in the same Prairie door. A Hickory wood has been stained with a warm gray stain named “Stone”. A sinkbase, pull out trash basket, and stack of drawers complete the island cabinet configuration.
Keeping with bright and light finishes, a glossy engineered quartz countertop was installed. Our Q-Quartz line in the color named “Calacatta Laza” is a classic and sophisticated choice. Bright whites blend with ivory and neutral beige veining. A glossy finish is reflective and beautiful. Once installed, quartz has little to no maintenance (yes you still have to wipe it clean). Quartz is also non-porous and foodsafe making it an ideal kitchen surface.
Above the kitchen island hang two glass pendant lights. A great way to give a space a more airy and light look is to use glass or mirror. These pendants from our Feiss Lighting line are named “Zola” and they anchor the island scale and shape but don’t weigh down the space with a dark finish. Instead, you can see through them to that great custom hood design! Shop our lighting catalogs here on our website.
Love this kitchen? Find the full album of photos from this home including the Lower Level Bar we designed and more lighting here on our Houzz page. There you can follow our Houzz account and save ideas into your own ideabooks for you dream kitchen with Village. If ideas are what you are after, don’t forget to also find us over on Pinterest! This board of all kitchen finish combinations is a great way to nail down your own tastes and personal styles. A special shout-out to the folks at Elements Home Furnishings and Interior Design for staging this Great Room space to perfection!
Are you building a new home in the Quad Cities area? Village Home Stores would love the opportunity to partner with you and your builder to give you a beautiful space. We have a special path of processes for our New Construction customers and we would love to share it with you. Your first step is just to reach out to our store for an appointment with our New Construction team. You can reach us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a team member will be in touch with you soon to discuss your project.
Hello there! We hope that you have found this post because you a curious about Village Home Stores and want to know more about us. Village Home Stores is a small business located in a small town with a BIG mission to be your regional home store experts. That is why we have so many categories of products all under one roof for you to shop at 105 S State Street in historic downtown Geneseo, IL. We offer appliance sales and service, cabinetry and countertops, lighting, flooring, wall tile, and custom window treatments for remodel and new home customers. Having our store located in a strong, growing small town community allows us to provide our clients with over 10,000 sq. ft. of showroom as a destination. We service a large radius surrounding Geneseo including the entire extended Quad Cities region.
Since our founding in 1984, Village Home Stores consistently strives to improve the customer experience while offering quality products at a reasonable price. We offer a one-stop-shop approach and can build an expert team for your project no matter the scale or budget. Curious about what you can expect when shopping at or working with Village Home Stores? Press play below to meet our owners and learn more about who we are.
We want to thank BrandSource for providing us with such a great way to tell our story! They created this video for us in August of 2018 when we were named the 2018 BrandSource Dealer of the Year at the National Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our co-owners Rob Ries and Jim Ries were on hand to receive the honor at the awards ceremony. The BrandSource Dealer of the Year award is presented annually to a member who has shown continued support of BrandSource and its direct suppliers.
If you are familiar with our weekly TV show, or this store blog, then you know we love telling stories about the projects we have completed for our customers. It is a bit awkward sharing our own story, but we think it is important for us to get information out there about our store so that we can help as many people as possible with the expert team and services we have assembled over the years.
Our growing staff currently has 35 employees. This includes designers, inside and outside salespeople, project managers and estimators, service technicians, delivery and installation technicians and more. Our appliance showroom has a full staff of expert appliance service technicians and can service all major appliance brands including ones we don’t sell. We don’t just end the conversation once we get your purchase. It is important to us that we do not sub contract out our product deliveries because we want to be your expert team from start to finish.
By choosing to support our small business, you are supporting our 35 employees so thank you! That support is why we are not only still here, but growing! Every department we have added to the store is by the request of our customers who hoped to get the same experience they have come to expect from Village. Therefore, we believe our customers deserve an award-winning experience in an award-winning showroom.
We want to make your building or remodeling process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We know for many of our customers, we are a destination. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and be worth your trip. We value your time and hope that you will find our showroom setup and process a way to save you time and money. Another way of thanking you for your business is by assuring you that we are doing all that we can to provide you with the fairest prices possible for the quality products and services we are providing you. That is why we offer a Local Low Price Guarantee.
Our customers find that our everyday low prices are comparable to all of our competitors plus they receive a great customer experience when working with our staff. We buy from a very large buying group to allow us to offer quality products at the same prices as larger stores. If we find that someone has offered you a better price for the same products and services, we will match that local price.
“After so many years in business, many of our customers have come back to buy from us again because they know they are going to be taken care of, ” says Rob Ries, co-owner of Village Home Stores.
The goal of our staff is to stay expertly trained and to listen to your needs and best match your needs to the right products for you and your budget. Plus you get the personal one-on-one treatment your investment deserves. You can rely on us to match you with the right product and help you learn the features that best suit your lifestyle.
We curate a team of experts for your project based on your needs. That team, all under one roof, can openly communicate about your project to keep you on track and on budget. Having multiple department experts aware of your overall project vision and goal allows them to work for you to confirm details on your selections. That gives our customers a piece of mind that their overall finished project is always the team’s vision.
Winning the title of Dealer of the Year comes just behind a handful of other 2018 awards that we would have never dreamed of receiving! The bottom line is, Village Home Stores would be no place without the years of support our customers have shown us. Support in the form of trusting us to help make their homes more functional and beautiful. Inviting us into your home is a big deal! We don’t take that for granted. Thank you for your continued support and we hope if you haven’t yet worked with us, you will give us the opportunity to meet you and gain that trust. From DIY cash and carry customers, to complete start to finish remodels, we want to help.
We want to be your one stop shop and we can’t wait to hear what you are working on! We offer appliance sales and service, cabinetry and countertops, lighting, flooring, wall tile, and custom window treatments for both remodel and new home customers. If you have questions about any of these categories of product, just click on them in this paragraph and you will hop right over to our website. Want to start the conversation about your own project and not sure where to begin? We have a process for your project no matter how much help or product you need. Every first step to our process begins at the same place, just reach out to us. Contact us for an appointment by calling our phone number at 309 944 1344 or by completing this short online form.
Village Home Stores doesn’t just design beautiful kitchen and bathroom spaces for your home. Think of ALL of the areas that we can help to make beautiful and customized to your own personal tastes and styles. Take this home study/library for example:
This beautiful customized space is hidden behind a sliding barn door adjacent to our last featured project. Nothing says sophisticated and studious for a space quite like a rich, cherry woodgrain and custom details. The DuraSupreme cabinetry consists mainly of paneling, trim and shelving but the base cabinets behind the desk are an inset style.
The Chapel Hill door in a Cherry wood stained a “Chestnut” finish, details like a furniture base and added feet to the toespace create interest. The term inset means that the doors sit inside of the cabinet frame instead of overlaying and resting outside of it. This inset style is considered “beaded” inset because of the routed detail around the cabinet frame which houses the doors and drawer fronts.
A Cambria Quartz counter in the “Seagrove” design caps off the back of the desk area. We love the added detail of selecting the Seagrove design that adds the natural-stone look with a veined pattern. A vintage chalkboard adds an upscale schoolhouse style to the space. A touch of old, surrounded by new. The secondary wall of shelving not shown is home to many books and personal items for display (respectfully omitted from this public post). A home library should provide practical storage but also plenty of display space for the user. Two glass-door wall cabinets flank the chalkboard area for more dust-free display space.
Of course baseboards and crown molding can take any project to a more polished and complete look. This library takes it one step further by adding details like decorative wood feet, fluted columns, and carved wooden corbels at the corners (shown below at left). Any added layer allows the light one more edge or curve to catch and highlight the space. Many times customers are concerned so much wood will make a room seem very dark. Layering depths and textures like this helps to keep the look dimensional and highlighted instead of a solid, flat panel of dark wood.
Any completed study space needs wood paneled walls to get the look right. This space includes custom wainscot paneling installed at a chair rail height with a baseboard below. The paint color for the room mimics the chalkboard color and a wingback chair with nailheads completes the look. The only thing missing from the perfect home study space is a roaring fireplace, which because of the rooms location, wasn’t an option. The space still inspires!
Our unique series of adorne lightswitches and outlets give a modern update to an otherwise distracting break in the custom wall paneling. Imagine if bright white plastic outlets were cut into these custom wainscot panels. Wouldn’t that distract from the look? Instead, sleek metallic-look plates frame square outlets.
The same polished “Silver Springs” 12″ x 36″ River Marble floors continue from the kitchenette into the library area. Polished marble and floor-to-ceiling custom cherry shelving give this library a look like no other. This space would look right at home in a well-kept historic estate but we love knowing it is getting great use for this family in the Midwest countryside.
Have a unique space in your home that needs our expert design help? We can custom-build offices, home theaters, bar areas, and so much more! Your first step is to reach out to a member of our design team to get started. Call us at 309-944-1344 , email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this contact form online to start the conversation.